Hoops: Make or Break

Oklahoma has won 11 straight home games and 30 of its last 31 at Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners are only 2-8 away from home this season.

Teams: Oklahoma (12-8, 3-3) vs. Nebraska (12-8, 0-5)

Date: Saturday, Jan. 30

Tip: 7:00 p.m. CST

Site: Lincoln, Neb. (Bob Devaney Sports Center)

Radio: Sooner Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM in OKC; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa; Sirius 122)

TV: Big 12 Network (KOCB Ch. 34 in OKC; KJRH Ch. 2 in Tulsa; ESPN Full Court)

Webcast: ESPN360.com

Series: OU leads 104-81

SATURDAY'S GAME BASICS

Oklahoma (12-8 overall, 3-3 Big 12) goes for its first league road win when it plays at Nebraska (12-8, 0-5) Saturday at 12:30 p.m. CST. The Sooners, who posted an 89-84 home win over Iowa State on Wednesday, are 0-3 in conference road games despite holding leads of at least seven points in all three. Nebraska, which last won on Jan. 5 against Southeastern Louisiana, is 10-2 at home. Saturday's contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network with Bob Barry Sr. and Mike Houck announcing. It will be televised by the Big 12 Network with Mitch Holthus and Bryndon Manzer calling the action.

NOTEWORTHY

• Oklahoma is 104-81 all-time against Nebraska and 37-46 in Lincoln. OU has won nine of the last 12 overall meetings but has lost the last two in Lincoln.

• Big 12 teams are a combined 132-9 (.936) at home this year.

• In its five true road games (1-4 record), OU is averaging 66.8 points and is shooting .373 from the field and .274 (29-for-106) from 3-point range. In its 12 home games (10-2 record), Nebraska is holding opponents to an average of 55.9 points and to .400 field goal and .344 3-point shooting.

• Oklahoma is averaging a Big 12-high 8.3 3-point makes per game. The school record for average treys per contest in a season is 8.5 (in 1998-99).

• OU ranks second in the Big 12 with its .743 free throw mark. The Sooners have made 315 free throws while their opponents have attempted 332.

• Over the last three games, Tommy Mason-Griffin is averaging 28.3 points and 4.0 assists. He is 12-for-23 (.522) from behind the arc and 15-for-17 (.882) from the foul line.

• Mason-Griffin has made at least one 3-pointer in 19 of 20 games, and at least two treys in 13 of the last 16 outings. He ranks second in the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage (.448), fourth in assists (4.7 apg) and seventh in 3-pointers per game (2.2).

• In OU's six conference games, Mason-Griffin is shooting .500 (20-for-40) from 3-point range. The rest of the team is shooting .226 (21-for-93).

• Mason-Griffin is the first OU guard to score at least 20 points in three consecutive games since first-team All-American Hollis Price did it in 2002-03 as a senior. Tim McCalister in 1983-84 was the last OU freshman to pull off the feat.

• Junior guard Cade Davis is has scored at least 15 points three times in the last seven games and is averaging 11.6 points over the stretch (he averaged 7.7 points in the team's first 13 games). A .390 field goal shooter on the year, Davis has shot .500 or better in five of the last seven outings. Over the last four games, he is averaging 12.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in an average of 38.2 minutes.

• Senior guard Tony Crocker, who has started his last 85 games, has recorded his only six career double-doubles over his last 13 outings.

• Crocker needs 10 rebounds to become just the second Sooner to ever record 1,000 points, 500 boards and 150 3-pointers in a career (Ryan Minor is the other).

PREVIEWING NEBRASKA

Nebraska enters Saturday's game winless in Big 12 play, losing three road games (64-53 at Texas A&M, 70-53 at Missouri and 72-60 at Colorado) and two at home (84-72 to Kansas and 56-53 to Iowa State). The Huskers are shooting .393 from the field in league action and are getting outrebounded by 6.0 a game. They've made their mark on the defensive end of the floor, however, as they surrender just 61.0 points a contest on the year (fewest of any Big 12 team). In 12 home games (they're 10-2), the Huskers have held foes to an average of 55.9 points.

Senior guard Ryan Anderson, who scored a team-high 19 points against OU in Norman last year, leads the Huskers in scoring and rebounding with his respective 10.7 and 5.1 averages in 26.4 minutes a game. Anderson, who adds 2.2 assists and a Big 12-high 2.2 steals per contest, is shooting .362 from 3-point range (25-for-69) and .764 from the free throw line (42-for-55). In Big 12 play, he's averaging 8.4 points and 5.6 boards. Five other Huskers average between 7.2 and 9.3 points a game. Freshman forward Christian Standhardinger, from Germany, sat out the season's first 15 games but is averaging 9.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in an average of 16.0 minutes in his four outings. He came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points in 12 minutes of action at Colorado on Wednesday. Sophomore guard Brandon Richardson is averaging 8.5 points, freshman center Jorge Brian Diaz is averaging 8.3 points and 4.0 rebounds, senior guard Sek Henry is averaging 7.9 points and freshman guard Eshaunte Jones is averaging 7.2 points with the help of .444 3-point shooting (team-high 32 makes). Junior guard Lance Jeter leads the team with his 4.0 assists per game and adds 6.8 points.

Doc Sadler is in his fourth year as Nebraska's head coach and owns a 67-48 (.583) record. The 1982 Arkansas graduate is in his sixth season as a collegiate head coach (he was at UTEP for two years) and owns a 115-66 (.635) career mark.

OU-NEBRASKA SERIES HISTORY

Oklahoma owns a 104-81 series advantage against Nebraska and has won nine of the last 12 meetings. OU is 37-46 against the Huskers in Lincoln and has lost two in a row at the Devaney Center. Since the start of the Big 12 in 1996-97, OU is 10-5 against NU (3-3 in Lincoln). Jeff Capel is 2-1 against the Huskers as OU's head coach (0-1 in Lincoln).

LAST YEAR AGAINST THE HUSKERS

In the only meeting between the two teams last season, Oklahoma overcame a 38-32 halftime deficit and posted a 72-61 home win over Nebraska on Jan. 21. Blake Griffin finished with 27 points and 18 rebounds for the Sooners, and added two assists, three blocks and two steals. Austin Johnson recorded 15 points (3-for-6 from 3-point range) and five assists, and Tony Crocker contributed 12 points (3-for-7 3-point shooting), four boards and five assists. Nebraska shot .500 from the field and .545 (6-for-11) from 3-point range in the first half, but just .310 and .167 (2-for-12) in the second. The Huskers entered the game forcing 18.7 turnovers per game, but OU committed just seven. The Sooners' 72 points were an NU opponent season high at the time.

WEDNESDAY'S IOWA STATE RECAP

• Guards Tommy Mason-Griffin (38) and Cade Davis (24) combined for 62 points to help OU overcome an opponent-season-high .589 field goal effort by Iowa State in an 89-84 Sooners win in Norman.

• Mason-Griffin was 13-for-21 from the field, 5-for-10 from 3-point range and 7-for-7 from the free throw line while adding six assists and two steals. He played all 40 minutes for the second straight game.

• Davis was 4-for-9 from 3-point range en route to his second highest career scoring total. He played 39 minutes and had three steals.

• OU made eight of its first 11 3-point attempts in the first half and led by as many as 21 before settling for a 48-32 halftime advantage.

• Oklahoma committed three first-half turnovers while Iowa State had 14. The result was a 19-3 OU advantage in points off turnovers.

• The Cyclones shot .625 from the field in the second half and made four 3-pointers in the last three minutes to draw as close as three points.

• Sophomore guard Ray Willis made his first career start and responded with six points, a team- and career-high seven rebounds, and a career-high three assists (he had three assists in his career entering the game). He was 2-for-4 from long range in a career-high 32 minutes.

• OU's two leading scorers on the year entering the night, Willie Warren (17.6 ppg) and Tony Crocker (12.3 ppg) did not play (both had sprained ankles). Despite that fact, the Sooners never trailed.

MORE ON MASON-GRIFFIN'S STELLAR NIGHT

Tommy Mason-Griffin's 38 points against Iowa State on Wednesday were...

• The most scored by a Big 12 player this year.

• The most scored by an OU freshman since Wayman Tisdale in 1982-83.

• The most scored by a freshman guard in school history.

• Tied for the most scored by a point guard in school history (Mookie Blaylock also scored 38 against Iowa State in 1988-89).

• Tied for the fifth most by a freshman in Big 12 history (only Kansas State's Michael Beasley scored more).

• The second most scored by a Sooner since the 1993-94 season (Blake Griffin scored 40 last year).

EVEN MORE ON "TMG"

• Over the last five games, freshman point guard Tommy Mason-Griffin has played 202 out of a 205 possible minutes and is averaging 21.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting .500 from 3-point range (18-for-36).

• Mason-Griffin has recorded career scoring highs in each of the last three games (21 at Texas A&M, 26 at Texas Tech and 38 vs. Iowa State). He is averaging 28.3 points over the three outings and is 12-for-23 (.522) from behind the arc and 15-for-17 (.882) from the foul line.

• The 5-11, 203-pounder ranks second in the Big 12 in 3-point percentage (.448), fourth in assists (4.7 apg), 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) and seventh in 3-pointers per game (2.2). In Big 12 play, he ranks second in treys per contest (3.3).

• Mason-Griffin leads OU with his 18.8 scoring average in Big 12 play. The only league freshman who averages more points is Colorado's Alec Burks (19.2).

• With 10 regular season games remaining, Mason-Griffin already ranks fifth on OU's all-time freshman list in 3-point makes (43) and sixth in assists (93). No Oklahoma freshman has ever shot better from 3-point range for a season than Mason-Griffin's current .448 mark.

• Only one freshman in school history averaged more minutes per game than Mason-Griffin's current 34.0. That was Wayman Tisdale (averaged 34.5) in 1982-83.

UP NEXT

The Sooners have the week off before hosting No. 6 Texas on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 3 p.m. CST. The game will be televised by ESPN.


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